I was honored to be named the 2017 Photojournalist of the Year in the annual New England Newspaper and Press Association Better Newspaper Competition. Below are my winning entries for 2017. I had a great time celebrating with my colleagues last night at the Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel, congratulations to all the nominees.
Photographing celebrities or high end officials usually comes with some restrictions. This time was much different, I was graciously invited inside (after a pat-down, of course) and for the most part was given access to freely walk around the auditorium while Vice President Biden spoke.
Former Vice-President Joe Biden answers a question asked by Samantha Power, former United States Ambassador to the United Nations, during their conversation as part of the Joe Biden American Promise Tour at the Chevalier Theatre in Medford on Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018.
I was assigned to cover the 151st Regional Support Group, Massachusetts Army National Guard deployed recently. The group will be deployed to southwest Asia for nine months and held a deployment ceremony at Reading High School. These assignments usually present opportunities to capture raw emotion but you need to be in the right place at the right time because moments like these don't last to long.
Take a look at some of my favorite sports images of 2017.
Here is a small selection of some of my favorite news photos of 2017.
It's not often I have an opportunity to photograph sea smoke. I was lucky yesterday as mist rose from the 45 degree ocean into the 3 degree air. The only way to capture striking images is go out into the cold and check and scout for locations. Landscape photography benefits greatly from severe weather conditions, so pay attention to the forecast and plan wisely. It took me two days of early mornings, planning, and the right conditions to capture these images.
I was fortunate to have found a Snowy Owl as well as a Northern Harrier at the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge while out photographing on Plum Island. You never know what you'll find when you head out to look for wildlife. There have been many hours spent in the field where I come up with no photographs. Sometimes you spend hours looking and hoping to find something but it doesn't always works in your favor. I know one thing, you'll never be able to capture images of wildlife if you never venture outside.
I don't see the earth from 30,000 feet everyday, so when I take a plane ride I like to look for different patterns in the landscape. On a recent trip to Arizona I photographed these mountains while on my plane ride back home. As soon as I saw the landscape I knew I had a short opportunity to try and capture the interesting lines and details on the ground below me before my opportunity had past. I like to photograph in color but with a hazy view out a dirty airplane window muted the colors so I was already pre-visualizing in black and white.
The entire Boston Bruins team took a little bit of time out of their days to shop for gifts to be donated to area hospitals around Boston for children who are unable to celebrate the holidays at home. This event is part of the Bruins Annual Holiday Toy Shopping event at Walmart in Saugus. The players had full run of the store and were scattered throughout all the different departments. It was nice to have complete access to the players and be able to photograph them on their shopping spree.
I never thought I'd be photographing a football game at Fenway Park. Masconomet and Everett High School competed as part of the Fenway Gridiron Series. Since the location of the game was special I spent some time looking for a vantage point to show the stadium including the famous "Green Monster." The game ended with Everett winning 36-20.
Shown below is a small selection of images from assignments around the North Shore mostly from the past few months.
I recently went on my annual backpacking trip to Sawyer Pond in the White Mountains in New Hampshire. The images displayed below were all taken at sunrise on very cold autumn mornings. The frigid mornings created a thin mist of fog that rolled off the water making for dramatic images as the sun peered over the summit of Owls Head Mountain.
I was assigned the Northshore Magazine's 12th annual Best of the North Shore party. This is an event for business owners around the Northshore who were awarded with a party at the Swampscott White Court Estate which was the former Summer White House for 30th President of the United States Calvin Coolidge in 1925.
Dozens of people witnessed the partial solar eclipse, about 65% at peak, from the observatory at Salem State University. The atmosphere on the observation deck was electric and full of excitement and curiosity. What a wonderful way to view such an incredible celestial event.
I attended the rather peaceful "Free Speech" rally on the Boston Common today. After the rally was shut down police had to push back counter-protesters along Boylston Street to clear a path for the police paddy wagons full of "Free Speech" activists. This was when emotions started to get tense. Most of the counter-protesters refused to move and things ramped up pretty quickly as the police started to advance on the counter-protesters. Several arrests were made as police eventually cleared a path for the "Free Speech" activists to safely leave the scene.
These photos show only a very small portion of what was a much larger and very peaceful event. I attended the rally as a spectator on my own free time and wanted to witness and photograph history being made in Boston. I was not assigned to cover the rally.
Band camp is a sure sign that summer is on the way out and fall is right around the corner. As a photographer reflections can lead to interesting images, so when I saw shiny sousaphones I knew an image could be made. The musicians were running through drills which gave me an opportunity to walk among them on the field. If given the opportunity I always like to get right in the middle of the action.
I had a great evening last night at the Parker River Wildlife Refuge. I got lucky and was able to spot a Snowy Egret in one of the salt marshes hunting for dinner with the setting sun as a backdrop. I spent about an hour photographing the egret from my car which I use as a blind.
It's been a busy summer full of various events and activities. Here are a few of my favorite images from the last couple of months.
I've had a lot of opportunities to photograph various fireworks displays around the North Shore this Fourth of July season. Here are a few of my favorites.
Here are the last of my favorite spring sports action photographs. All these images were taken during tournament games, which are usually high intensity games with a lot of action.